While the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed college soccer over the last five months, the recruiting world ticks in spite of serious interruptions.
That’s certainly the case in Division II, where the quiet period was previously extended through Aug. 31. The major difference from a dead period is coaches can interact with prospective players and their families on campus, though in practice many campuses throughout New England remain closed.
To understand how the recruiting landscape has been altered and what could unfold, we connected with four D-II coaches from throughout the Northeast-10. Their 2020 season was cancelled in mid-July, so much of their focus shifts to recruiting nowadays.
What follows are insights from Franklin Pierce men’s coach Ruben Resendes, Stonehill men’s coach Jim Reddish, Saint Anselm women’s coach Joel Bancroft and Southern Connecticut State women’s coach Adam Cohen. Before diving in, it's important to note that there are vast nuances across D-II recruiting, so this is meant as an overall snapshot.